Are you "happy" and "inclined to optimism?" Then you are probably insane, because everything is crap! The U.S. Census Bureau has released findings from its 2010 research, and oh, this is some dark shit.
In 2010, "median household income declined, the poverty rate increased" and you finally considered filling that prescription for Prozac your doc gave you after your most recent divorce…
Real median household income in the United States in 2010 was $49,445, a 2.3 percent decline from the 2009 median.
The nation's official poverty rate in 2010 was 15.1 percent, up from 14.3 percent in 2009 — the third consecutive annual increase in the poverty rate. There were 46.2 million people in poverty in 2010, up from 43.6 million in 2009 — the fourth consecutive annual increase and the largest number in the 52 years for which poverty estimates have been published.
The number of people without health insurance coverage rose from 49.0 million in 2009 to 49.9 million in 2010, while the percentage without coverage –16.3 percent — was not statistically different from the rate in 2009.
So between 2009 and 2010, 2.6 million new candidates were elected to the Council of Poors. Makin' moves, y'all!
If there are any winners in this fustercluck of statistical despair, it's "Asian and Hispanic-origin households." Because while whites and blacks saw a decline in real median income between '09 and '10, those other groups didn't. Congratulations on achieving model minority status, persons of Hispanic origin. Asians, you keep being you. White folks and black folks, it's time to step your game up.
Now let's all hold hands, put our heads down on our desks/Wal-Mart cashier stations/dirt floors, and sob.
Tags: Census, Money, Poverty